International Women's Day Activity Challenge Requires Apple Watch Owners to Double Their Move Rings

Apple has debuted a new Activity Challenge for Apple Watch wearers today, this one focused on celebrating International Women's Day. To complete the challenge and earn the achievement, you'll have to double your Move ring on March 8, the day that commemorates the movement for women's rights around the world.

The award for completing the challenge will be a set of still and animated stickers you can send to friends and family members within Messages. You'll find the new Activity Challenge by opening the Activity iOS app, tapping the Achievements tab, and tapping the icon for the International Women's Day Challenge achievement, which should be located at the very top of the page.


The new challenge follows one from February that encouraged users to close their Apple Watch's exercise ring for seven days in a row as a promotion for Heart Month. Apple has regularly added Activity Challenges to the Activity app on iOS over the past few years, marking major holidays like Thanksgiving and New Year's with challenges that encouraged users to avoid staying sedentary during each holiday.

Apple Watch isn't the only area where Apple has been celebrating International Women's Day, with the company debuting a series of female-focused spotlight categories in the iTunes Movies store earlier this week on iOS, macOS, and tvOS. The "Leading Ladies" section offers films like Wonder Woman, Mean Girls, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Room for under $10 for a limited time.

In Apple Music, a "Celebrating Bold Women" card has been featured in the Browse tab for the past few days, linking subscribers to playlists, essential albums, up-and-coming artists, women who made history, and a breakdown of Leading Ladies in musical genres like pop, jazz, rock, and more.

Related Roundups: Apple Watch, watchOS 5
Buyer's Guide: Apple Watch (Buy Now)


Top Rated Comments

(View all)
Avatar
7 months ago
This is a proper hard one for me. Anytime it's double your activity goal I just fail. I'd have to jam in an extra 5K run or so into my day. But, anything to support the ladies.

What do other MR readers have their Activity set to btw? As a recovering fat person (now hovering just below 14st @ 5'10, thanks primarily to the Watch) but now I've seen some good results and I've dropped mine from 780 a day to 680.

This is me being lazy, that extra 100 calories forces at least a one mile run of me a day. But, like I said I'm a recovering fat man not all the way healthy yet. So just wondering how I stack up against you guys?
Rating: 4 Votes
Avatar
7 months ago

This is a proper hard one for me. Anytime it's double your activity goal I just fail. I'd have to jam in an extra 5K run or so into my day. But, anything to support the ladies.

What do other MR readers have their Activity set to btw? As a recovering fat person (now hovering just below 14st @ 5'10, thanks primarily to the Watch) but now I've seen some good results and I've dropped mine from 780 a day to 680.

This is me being lazy, that extra 100 calories forces at least a one mile run of me a day. But, like I said I'm a recovering fat man not all the way healthy yet. So just wondering how I stack up against you guys?


I'm 6'2". I was over 270lb in December 2016. I've lost 90lb in 13 months. I exercised more and eat better.
My target was set to 680 last summer... I easily reached it nearly everyday with my archery practice, gym or my 30 mins fast walks. But for the winter period, I've went down to 450... which is very easy to reach if I go to the gym or shoot my bow (I always start the exercise app for both)... but 450 is limit reachable for those days where I do "nothing".

So this spring when I go out more, I will probably put my goal back to 650 or more.
Rating: 4 Votes
Avatar
7 months ago


Ok I am going to bitch slap Apple if they EVER do this again.

My body is numb from the cold and my legs are VERY TIRED.
Rating: 3 Votes
Avatar
7 months ago

This is a proper hard one for me. Anytime it's double your activity goal I just fail. I'd have to jam in an extra 5K run or so into my day. But, anything to support the ladies.

What do other MR readers have their Activity set to btw? As a recovering fat person (now hovering just below 14st @ 5'10, thanks primarily to the Watch) but now I've seen some good results and I've dropped mine from 780 a day to 680.

This is me being lazy, that extra 100 calories forces at least a one mile run of me a day. But, like I said I'm a recovering fat man not all the way healthy yet. So just wondering how I stack up against you guys?


I set mine to 800 on days when I can't go to the gym or with my work schedule just can't be very active (a lot of 10-12 hour days on set where I'm on my feet but not necessarily exerting myself). 1200 on days I can go to the gym to I have to really push myself. Lost 15lbs since the beginning of the year with this schedule.
Rating: 3 Votes
Avatar
7 months ago
I'm pretty active, so it would be hard for me to double my routine. I don't have an Apple Watch anyway.

Men in many modern societies are far more at risk than women imo. For example, Japanese male suicide is out of control.

Ugh.

That has nothing to do with "men's rights", and everything to do with an overbearing and rigid work culture that's stuck in the '80s when there was money to go around. Meanwhile, women are considered "decorations" at work there, are labeled "unwanted" if they don't marry and become a housewife by 25 (look up "christmas cake"), and can't ride the packed subway without being groped.

Nice try, though.
Rating: 3 Votes
Avatar
7 months ago
It's sad that there are counties around the world that really do need women's liberation to happen. However calling it international seems bizarre since only people whom can celebrate it, are already liberated. Sure you can be pro this or that without being anti something else but it sure does create an umbrella of superiority that gets abused. Men in many modern societies are far more at risk than women imo. For example, Japanese male suicide is out of control. I find it hard to be on board with promoting any narrative like this, so broad and misguided with zero genuine specific causes to fight for.

This is as pointless as the ice bucket challenge when people didn't even mention the cause or charity. I also don't understand the connection of linking in more activity with women? Are they telling me to loose weight because... women? Seems like completely unrelated gestures that have zero impact on the world with no chance of offending anyone because its improved or changed the world by nought.
Rating: 2 Votes
Avatar
7 months ago

Kind of like your post.

Oh look, the challenge had an effect! I went out and met it. What did you do today to better yourself or the world?

1600 calories from *walking*?! What is your walking speed, 50mph?! Man, you put me to shame lol.
Rating: 2 Votes
Avatar
7 months ago

mine is set at 1070 calories. kinda tough....


That's... that's a lot. Wow. I'm impressed.
Rating: 2 Votes
Avatar
7 months ago
Mine's set to 700. I meet it most days. I'd have to go for an extra 6+ mile run on top of my normal movement and exercising during the day to double it. Probably not gonna happen.
Rating: 2 Votes
Avatar
7 months ago



Ok I am going to bitch slap Apple if they EVER do this again.

My body is numb from the cold and my legs are VERY TIRED.


You mad man! Well done though. I woke up to snow and gave up all aspirations of achievement.
Rating: 2 Votes
[ Read All Comments ]